the end of second grade

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It’s been hitting me recently when I look at my little V how she really isn’t little anymore. There are split of a second moments that I see my future teenager, or this pre-teen who will emerge in a few short years; moments where I realize my little girls is making memories that I may not be a part of. I think I’m a little emotional at how suddenly my little V is growing up into this young lady!

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I asked the huzband today if he thought we were doing a good job raising V and I realize all this is going on with me because we are saying goodbye to the end of another school year.  Another year has passed and with it the trials of navigating a seven-year old’s sassiness and attitude; another year balancing an independent young girl’s changing life as she became a big sister.  We have reached the end of second grade.

I thought about just curling up, eating M&M’s and crying but that seemed a bit excessive…for now.  Instead, on the way to her sleepover at school, I decided to interview her and record it.  Here is that transcript!

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[Italics represents me. Non italics is Velda.]

This is your last night as a second grader, how does that make you feel?

Happy.

Happy?  Why are you happy?

Um, because I’m going to be a third grader next year.

What is it about third grade that excites you?

I can learn times I’m guessing and new stuff.

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So what are you doing tonight?

Having a school sleepover.

How fun!!  What are you going to do tonight at your sleepover?

Sleep at my school and watch Shaggy Dog.  And we get to, after our school, after we go to the gym, we get to put our pajamas on and we get to go outside with some popsicles.  [Side note for you readers, they are taking a trip to a local gymnastics place to spend a few hours before coming back to the school to sleep.]

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You’re going outside in pajamas!!!  Do you know why you get to do that?

Because our last day of school and I’m guessing because our teachers are going to miss us.

And because we live in Alaska and it’s daylight till like 11pm right now!  What are you doing tomorrow?

Going to umm…

Happy Trails Kennel with Martin Buser.  He won the Iditarod four times!!

And we get to roast marshmallows with him!

Roast marshmallow’s, ooo!!  

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So what was different about being in second grade?

… [Silence]

Think about your whole year, tell me something that was different about your year?

I actually got to have some new friends and learn and they told me cool stuff.

Like what kind of cool stuff?

Like, um, they went on a trip to Hawaii or something.

Is there anything you are going to miss about second grade?

It’s going to be easy.

You’re going to miss that it was easy?  Do you think it’s going to be harder in third grade?

I’m guessing

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Is there anything else you want to say about second grade?

I’m going to miss it.

You’re going to miss it?  But you get the same teacher next year, right?  Mr. Sidelinger and Miss Goldbeck.  That’s pretty cool!

Yah.

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So there you have it folks.  On her last night as a second grader, we got to see a glimpse into the mind of an almost third grader.

Also known as my growing up way too quickly little V!!!

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